Well-known local physician remembered

Dr. Romain Clerou died Tuesday of natural causes.
An iconic Bakersfield physician is being remembered.

Dr. Romain Clerou died Tuesday afternoon of natural causes at the age of 98.

His medical career spanned the better part of six decades, and he practiced general medicine at a time when there were no specialists.

"This was the kind of physician who would do an appendectomy in the morning and deliver a baby that night and turn around and do it all over again the next day. The consummate physician and one we could all aspire to be like and hope to be half the physician he was. He was the Marcus Welby of local physicians," said Dr. Mark Root, Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hospital.

For more than 40 years, Clerou was team doctor for the BHS Drillers and later, the Bakersfield College Renegades.

He played football for both schools as well. But, it was his medical contributions on the field that earned Dr. Clerou a spot in the Bob Elias Hall of Fame.
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